Welcome to the College of Science and Mathematics (CoSM). Here you will find the fusion of 12 programs that rigorously prepare students for graduate school, military service, industry, government, education and admission into professional schools (such as medicine and dentistry).

The College’s mission is providing high-quality academic degree programs in mathematics and the physical, biological and life sciences for our majors. We also meet the interdisciplinary needs of the University by providing support courses in science and mathematics. To this end, CoSM, through lectures and laboratories, provides the knowledge, experience and guidance in mathematics and sciences that prepare our students to pursue advanced study and successful careers and become responsible citizens.

The education of future scientists and practitioners and the growth of a scientifically literate populace are of critical importance. CoSM takes great pride in promoting excellence in teaching, advising and mentoring students in a community of scholars. The emphasis on experiential learning, conceived by Norwich founder Capt. Alden Partridge, of thinking and acting, conceiving and executing, is rooted in every student, faculty and staff member.

Faculty engagement with colleagues and undergraduates allows students to experience the highest levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy: analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Faculty and students can be found exploring the impacts of amyloid-beta peptides on the progression of Alzheimer’s, modeling the interiors of supernovae, studying late-glacial climate change in central Vermont … and much more.

The College embraces the University’s mission of “Global in Perspective.” Study abroad and cultural immersions are available around the globe, including Norwich’s own CityLab in Berlin, Germany, memorandums of understanding with University College Cork and University College Dublin in Ireland or anywhere science, health or education fields can take you. The possibilities are endless.

Take the opportunity to explore our programs and consider a science and mathematics major as an area of study. I encourage you to visit the campus and see the opportunities that are available. Our faculty and staff are friendly, accessible and willing to answer questions.

Michael B. McGinnis, Ph.D.
Dean, College of Science and Mathematics
Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry

COSM NEWS - STUDENT

  • Dillon Zites ’20 takes cancer research to Capitol Hill +

    (Photo by Mark Collier.) The Norwich Record | Summer 2019 Biology major Dillon Zites of Clarksville, Tennessee, presented his research on improving cancer treatment at the prestigious Posters on the Hill undergraduate student research showcase Read More
  • WCAX story on Dillon Zites +

    Watch the WCAX-TV interview with Dillon Zites ’20, the Norwich student chosen to present his research at Posters on the Hill in Washington, D.C. Zites was the only Vermont student Read More
  • Undergraduate research: Carmine Ricciardi ’20 dives deep +

    Photo: Carmine Ricciardi harbor-side in Woods Hole, Mass. Working with WHOI scientists, the environmental studies major researched marine biosystems in Woods Hole. BY CAROLYN HALEY The Norwich Record | Winter 2019 TO PARAPHRASE ARISTOTLE and Nike (the shoe company, Read More
  • The crisis managers +

    Photo: Five suited Norwich students pose in paneled Massachusetts State Senate hearing room Boston is in ruins. What will they do? BY SEAN MARKEY The Norwich Record | Winter 2019 IN LESS THAN 48 HOURS, A MAGNITUDE 7.0 earthquake will strike 40 miles outside Read More
  • Undergraduate research: Portraits of discovery +

    Photo illustration: Undergraduate researcher holds hydroponically grown lettuce. (Mark Collier.) Exploring fields ranging from brain research to the mathematical modeling of disease to simulations of the superheated atmospheric reentry of spacecraft, summer scholars discover the challenges and rewards of faculty-mentored Read More
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COSM NEWS - FACULTY

  • Nine objects: The office of athletic training Professor Greg Jancaitis +

    Photo: Greg Jancitis shown in his office, holding an Ironman Mr. Potatohead action figure. What thank you cards, “Avengers” Mr. Potato Head action figures, and a bowl of oatmeal reveal about NU’s athletic training education program director. Professor Greg Jancaitis has grit bona fides Read More
  • One math professor’s inner search +

    Photo: Joe LaTulippe at work in his office BY JACQUE E. DAY AND JANE DUNBAR The Norwich Record | Winter 2018 Mathematics Professor Jocelyn “Joe” Latulippe is passionate about solving difficult biological problems. And now, he stands at the Read More
  • Do fish have personalities? Professor Simon Pearish wants to know +

    Photo: Simon Pearish at work in his fish lab BY JACQUE E. DAY AND JANE DUNBAR The Norwich Record | Winter 2018 There is a passage in the famous book by Dr. Seuss, One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Read More
  • Professor Laurie Grigg: The search below +

    Photo: Prof. Laurie Grigg and two student research assistant at work on a frozen Vermont pond On a frigid day in February 2014, Laurie Grigg stood on the frozen surface of Twin Ponds, Vt., with two Norwich students and a collaborator from the University of Wyoming. Read More
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COSM NEWS - ALUMNI

  • Athletic training major Daisy Ramirez ’19 goes pro +

    Photo: Daisy Ramirez stands in the infield of the Inland Empire 66ers baseball diamond. The bilingual senior interns with the Inland Empire 66ers of the California Angels baseball organization. BY SEAN MARKEY The Norwich Record | Winter 2019 AFTER SHE EARNS HER NORWICH degree, Daisy Read More
  • What I do: Dennis Davidson ’82, NASA Commercial Crew Program +

    Photo: Norwich alum and NASA program manager Dennis Davidson poses while volunteering at the Houston Food Bank Dennis Davidson ’82 Manager, Program Control and Integration Office NASA Commercial Crew Program Johnson Space Center Mention NASA and most people think of astronauts and engineers. But any space program Read More
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Meet our COSM Faculty

  • Allison Neal – Biology

    Allison Neal – Biology

    “I really enjoy taking students into the field and getting them working on original research projects in ecology. Research is a great way for them to start to understand science as a process, not just a list of facts to be memorized.”
  • Ethan Guth – Biochemistry

    Ethan Guth – Biochemistry

    “Trying to understand how life works on the molecular level has fascinated me for 20+ years, and it continues to excite me today.”
  • Christopher Koteas – Earth and Environmental Sciences

    Christopher Koteas – Earth and Environmental Sciences

    “I teach because I believe that students who understand the processes that shape the planet are better prepared to work across disciplines to solve fundamental problems that directly effect humanity.”
  • Megan Doczi – Biology

    Megan Doczi – Biology

    “We still don’t understand what happens in the nervous system to create things like consciousness. That unknown is what draws me to neuroscience.”
  • Sean Kramer – Mathematics

    Sean Kramer – Mathematics

    “It’s always been a joy to teach, and that’s why I love this particular institution. The emphasis on teaching is really strong here.”
  • Tabetha Hole – Physics

    Tabetha Hole – Physics

    “If I discover something new about stars, only a few people in the world will ever read about that. Whereas, working with students teaching introductory physics, I am able to share with them something beautiful and amazing about the universe.”
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College of Science and Mathematics

Tompkins 166 | 1 (802) 485-3338

COSM Dean

Michael B. McGinnis | mmcginni@norwich.edu

More about Michael McGinnis

Office Staff

Penny E. Ritzer | pritzer@norwich.edu

Kimberly D. Healy | khealy@norwich.edu

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